The Bay Area Video Coalition is launching a unique series of digital storytelling workshops that will increase low-income individuals' access to and engagement with digital media arts to create, tell and distribute their stories. The project is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation’s Exploring Engagement Fund
. The project will engage a broad audience by using a variety of platforms including public access television, exhibitions in non-traditional spaces and the Internet. BAVC is working with three unique local organizations: The award-winning Homeless Prenatal Program
, which understands the challenges of finding affordable and stable housing and works to support families in transition; The Veterans Affairs Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Program
, which helps veterans recovering from mental illness become fully functioning members of the community; and The Recovery Survival Network
, which connects ex-offenders seeking survival skills to training programs and resource providers. A series of workshops will be held over two years, and participants will be given the opportunity to develop their individual stories. They will learn the process and tools of digital storytelling and media production and use them to share their experience and find their own voice, and a voice for their community.